Except for a few more drunk drivers, it was a fairly subdued week in River Falls policeland. Some college students did manage to add a little spice. Just before 3 a.m. last Thursday at a rental house at 913 S. Main St., several students were found gathered in their driveway, listening to loud music and watching the flames consume a couch and window frame.
Investigating a loud party complaint at 114 S. Fourth St. just before 2 a.m. Sunday turned into something bigger and more violent for two River Falls patrol officers. One of the tenants, a 19-year-old UW-River Falls student, refused to cooperate, allegedly banged a back door shut against one officer and a short time later hit the same officer in the face with a closed fist.
River Falls police say evidence points to a 16-year-old local boy as the one who set three recent minor blazes at Cudd's trailer court, 1450 S. Wasson Lane. The boy, who lives in a nearby apartment complex on Cemetery Road, allegedly set fire to cat feces inside a paper bag and left it on the porch of one trailer home.
A 24-year-old New Richmond man was arrested for disorderly conduct on North Main Street at 2 a.m. Saturday for punching another man in the face as the two were being separated outside a bar. Inside the bar, the arrested man allegedly called the other man a “fag” and then kissed him on the side of the cheek. This led to pushing and shoving. Both were escorted outside by bouncers.
River Falls police are seeking tips so they can catch the person who pried open a patio apartment door at 1164 Bartosh Lane late in the day Friday and stole a 42-inch plasma TV, two 12-inch subwoofers and some speaker amps.
A 17-year-old boy was arrested for battery last week at a home on Eighth Street for allegedly swearing at his mother, then pushing her so that she fell on her infant son who sat on a bouncy chair on the floor. When the stepfather tried to restrain the teenager, the two toppled over the family Christmas tree.
The wife of a 46-year-old local man said she was beaten twice in the same night by her husband – once when he came home jealous because he couldn’t reach her by phone, and then a second time after being released from jail after the first attack. The couple lives in the new subdivision just east of the hospital.
The loud noise citations are piling up for Coach’s Bar, 127 S. Main St. Again over the weekend, responding to a couple of complaints by upstairs tenants, a patrol officer gave the bar a fine. Coach’s owner Logan Moon was away, so one of his employees left in charge got hit with the $114 citation.
Those lyrics from the 1981 Olivia Newton-John hit, “Let’s Get Physical,” appear to have been played out on Main Street over the weekend. A young couple whom a River Falls patrol officer described as physically affectionate until they got “carried away” and bumped hard against a door window frame of Midwest Appraisal Service, 113 S. Main St., dislodging and breaking the window.
Following an investigation, River Falls police arrested and jailed a 37-year-old local man Friday for sexually assaulting a child at the man’s home this past summer. A county social worker assisted the alleged female victim while she was questioned. Various DNA samples were taken. The arrestee is an Egyptian who came to the U.S. after marrying a River Falls woman.
An 18-year-old UW-River Falls student from Baldwin was arrested a second time on campus late Saturday night and hospitalized after running through a plate-glass window at May Hall. At the time the student was already handcuffed after his first arrest -- this, for drinking from a bottle of vodka outside Johnson Hall in front of a police officer.
A 37-year-old man convicted in 2004 of sexually assaulting a small girl will be released from state prison later this month and return to live in his hometown of River Falls on Spring Street. He will remain on extended supervision for 15 years.
It’s not every day that a River Falls patrol officer is flagged down by a suspect wanting to turn himself in. But that’s just what happened downtown after midnight Saturday. A 21-year-old Lakeland, Minn., man fessed up that he had swiped a laptop computer from the new Bubba’s Fried Chicken on Main Street.
River Falls police are trying to find those responsible for setting fire to the northside dumpster area of Rocky Branch Elementary School just before 2 a.m. Tuesday. A caller to the Pierce County Sheriff Department dispatcher said flames were visible.
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